The Former President of Nigeria, Chief? Olusegun Obasanjo has attributed the various challenges facing the country to dearth of good leaders.
Chief Obasanjo who spoke yesterday said that there are no good leaders in the country, stressing that leadership in any country is very important in government.
His words, “issue of leadership is very important in all ramifications. In Nigeria, with due respect there not many good leaders in Nigeria, we have many Nigerians and not good leaders in Nigeria which can be extended to Africa, adding that leadership problem is some thing we have to correct because we can not continue the way it is”.
The former president who spoke in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital during? the African Regional Inter- collegiate Debate on Human Security held at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) said democracy is the form of government that the country can all embrace, noting that democracy help on how you can deliberate on issues that are pertinent to the country.
He said in Nigeria, “we have problems of job creation, employment generation and wealth creation, it doesn’t matter who emerge as winner of the debate, to me all aspect of education must be embraced.”
He said he was shocked when Chairman, Dangote Groups, Chief Aliko Dangote told him about the vacancy on truck drivers when he got 6 Phd holds and over 600 people with Masters Degrees, stating that the issue boils down to the problems job creation, wealth creation, among others.
He added that if all of us are doctors, there will be no engineers, referring to when he was in government, he said he does not support any professional group that will hold the country to ransom.
He added that if undertakers decide to proceed on strike like the doctors did then, the country would have faced problem of epidemic.
Speaking on importance of education, Obasanjo said “if you want to break the irk of poverty, education is the instrument to do that. Yorubas say three generations doesn’t go into chronic poverty.”
He therefore, said the debate was to prepare the youth for the future, saying “the future belong to the youth because nobody can help Africa than we Africans”.